At the Heart of It All
Nestled on the shores of St Ann’s bay, directly on the world-famous Cabot Trail, The Luckenbooth Bed & Breakfast is a relaxing 100km drive from Cape Breton’s front door, the Canso Causeway.
Looking for things to do on Cape Breton Island? From The Luckenbooth, you can hike the Cape Breton Highlands National Park or the Ceilidh Coastal Trail, sail on the Bras d’Or Lake, play the Cabot Cliffs and Highlands Links golf courses, or go whale watching – all within an hour’s drive.
Hungry? Have a lobster boil on the beach or discover the local maritime cuisine with nearby restaurants in St Ann’s and Baddeck.
Maybe history and culture is your interest. The Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site, Highland Village, Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, and the Gaelic College next door provide authentic cultural experiences, making The Luckenbooth the perfect starting point for your Cape Breton Island exploration.
Let us share a few of our favourite Cape Breton adventures.
The Luckenbooth Grounds
Some of our favourite spaces are right here on the Luckenbooth grounds. Wake up early and take in a sunrise walk on our private beach or enjoy a morning coffee on the terrace. For something a little more adventurous, you can walk the grounds looking for the homes of our local fairy friends.
Don’t Miss: Evangeline’s Beach (Luckenbooth’s 1000 feet of private pebble beach) • Local Wildlife • The Hidden Orchard
St Ann's Area
For a full appreciation of Cape Breton creativity, culture, and beauty, look no further than the area directly around the Luckenbooth B&B.
Start your day by visiting the local artisans throughout the area (St Ann’s to Wreck Cove). On the way back, detour and enjoy a quaint ferry ride across the Englishtown Channel, take in Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tours, and grab a bite at the Lobster Galley. Finally, end your day at the Gaelic College for a lesson in Celtic culture or stomping your foot at their Wednesday fiddle ceilidh.
Don’t Miss: St Ann’s Provincial Park • North River Kayak Tours • Leather Works
The Cabot Trail
Don’t miss a single spectacular vista along the world-famous Cabot Trail. This 295 km long driving trail reveals some of the most unforgettable coastal views anywhere on earth.
With plenty of stops along the way, this full-day adventure is home to photo opportunities, short hikes, local artisans, and culturally rich communities.
Don’t Miss: Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery • Black Brook Beach • Skyline Trail • Doryman’s Saturday Fiddle Matinee • Dancing Goat Cafe • Lake-O-Law Picnic Park
Come visit us today!
Relax your heart, and experience all Cape Breton has to offer.
Best Cape Breton Day Trips
Many people visit Cape Breton Island with the goal of seeing the Cabot Trail or visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg but then ask “What else can we do on our Cape Breton vacation?”. One of the best things to do is explore. Head in a direction and find those hidden gems which are tucked in the small communities peppered throughout the Island.
We understand how intimidating that can be for a visitor who knows nothing about the area and its communities so we have put together an introduction to some of our favourite day trips which are all quite doable from the Luckenbooth B&B.
Inspired by the Bras d’Or
Following breakfast, head to Baddeck for an inspirational look around the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site followed by a breathtaking sail aboard Amoeba Sailing Tours (book beforehand at 1-902-295-7780).
Once back on shore, head along the Trans-Canada to Little Narrows where you will take the ferry and be on your way to Iona and the site of The Highland Village Museum, a recreated living settlement following Cape Breton’s Gaelic immigrants through the years.
From there, backtrack via Portage Rd to the Trans-Canada and the Skye River Trail in We’koqma’q, a short interpretive walk where you will learn about the Mi’kmaq, Cape Breton’s First Nations.
Afterwards, head full circle to Baddeck’s waterfront for a meal and a drink at the Freight Shed before returning to the Luckenbooth.
Margaree, Music & More
Head out on a leisurely morning drive through the Margarees as rolling hills rise up to hug you on either side. Along the way, stop at the Dancing Goat to pick up some delicious sandwiches which you can enjoy a few minutes back at the Lake-O-Law Picnic Park or sitting on one of the many benches overlooking one of Margaree River’s famous salmon pools.
From there, head to Inverness Beach for a stroll along the white sands and look for sea glass.
After some time relaxing, it’s off to The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, to enjoy a wonderful dinner and traditional Cape Breton music before heading back to The Luckenbooth to relax.
Don’t forget to stop in Nyanza on the way back to pick up some of Big Spruce’s amazing craft beer.
To the End of the World & Back
From the Luckenbooth, head north along the Cabot Trail, making sure to stop in at the local artisan studios and shops along the way (one of kind hats, pewter, leather, jewellery, glassworks, artwork, metalworks, woodwork, handcrafted chocolates, or luxurious goat milk soaps)
A quick stop at Black Brook to enjoy the falls and look for breaching whales, then you head north off the Cabot Trail to Cabot Landing Provincial Park where you can enjoy a secluded 3 km walk of pristine soft white sand along the shores of Aspy Bay.
From there, head as far north as the roads will take you and end up in Meat Cove, a small coastal community with the best little chowder-house which is perched on the edge of a cliff.
On the way back to the Luckenbooth, you can grab an extra bite at one of the restaurants in Ingonish.